By Kenneth Katz

Many air forces can behavior missions equivalent to air superiority and floor assault, yet purely the USA Air strength has really international achieve. For greater than 5 many years, the basic enabler of this international achieve has been the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker. Unarmed and unglamorous, the KC-135 has been probably the most profitable and enduring plane in US Air strength heritage. based at the author's vast entry to operational KC-135 plane at the flooring and in flight, this publication includes the main special photographic documentation of the KC-135 in and out that has ever been released, in addition to colour profiles of the KC-135R within the markings of each significant USAF command that has operated that version. Illustrated with 240 pictures, specified line drawings and colour profiles.

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Note the two mini-fences tested inboard of the drop tank. (NAA) A marked increase in rotational velocity occurs after the controls are placed in the recovery positions during this second type of spin. The number of turns required to affect recovery after the application of recove ry controls depends on the presence of external tanks and the amount of fuel carried in them. 5 turns and with tanks-on and full in 2 turns from a fully developed spin. FAST AT THE LAST It is important to note that spin recovery is progressing satisfactorily when the spin is noted to speed up markedly after the application of recovery controls.

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